Derrick Henry: Alabama beats out Tennessee for ex-UGA commit

Alabama appears to be on the way to another No. 1-ranked recruiting class (AP)

Alabama appears to be on the way to another No. 1-ranked recruiting class (AP)

Onetime UGA recruit, Derrick Henry, finally revealed his highly-anticipation on Friday afternoon.

He’s Alabama bound.

The 5-star RB from Florida’s Yulee High School picked Alabama over runner-up Tennessee, followed by UGA.

It was not a surprise that Henry committed to Alabama, as he had been favoring the Crimson Tide since early last summer.

“The way Coach Saban has his program, the way his players are when they come out, it’s amazing,” Henry told al.com. “My position playing running back with Mark (Ingram) and Trent (Richardson) what they did there and what T.J. (Yeldon) has already done there. The way they run their program, it’s like a business-style program. That’s their mentality and how they approach everything, even in the classroom.”

Henry committed to UGA in the summer of 2010, and stayed loyal to the Bulldogs for nearly a year.

Not only did Henry go from being an UGA commit to Alabama, he’s now aggressively recruiting one of UGA’s top remaining OL targets to roll with him to the Crimson Tide, 5-star Laramey Tunsil of Lake City, Fla.

Here was Henry’s first statement on Twitter after committing on Friday:

ROLL TIDE ROLL ! Hope all the TIDE fans tune tonight ! , Now lets get the recruiting started ! TUNSIL next #Leggooooo ! ##RTR!

UGA has 27 commits for its 2013 football recruiting class, but none at running back. The Bulldogs are targeting Norcross High School’s Alvin Kamara, who lists Alabama and UGA as his co-leaders. UGA is also trying to get a shot at Walton High School’s Tyren Jones, who has been committed to Alabama since last February but said he will take other visits, including one to UGA.

How will Henry’s commitment to Alabama will affect Kamara and Jones? Both have said publicly that it would not influence their college choice but it remains to be seen.

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252 comments Add your comment

trevinb

September 28th, 2012
3:50 pm

I think someone doesn’t like competition.

James

September 28th, 2012
3:53 pm

I wouldn’t want to be in a backfield with Marshall or TGIII either. Good luck at Bama, Derrick.

Alabama is heaven

September 28th, 2012
3:57 pm

UGA loser fans will say …
1. We didn’t need him (Like any team doesn’t need a five star hahaha)
2. We have Gurley (Yes but who after that? Marshall can’t take a hit, Malcombe can’t stay healthy and everybody after that is walkons)
3. We’re getting a better tailback (sorry but you mutts have zero commits and kamara will be in title town too)
4. …

Indian Dawg

September 28th, 2012
3:58 pm

Ehhhh this was a given. Good luck at Bama. We’re more than fine at RB.

NYCDAWGFAN

September 28th, 2012
3:58 pm

TGIII, Marshall, and… Alvin Kamara!! Write it down!! Brice and Shaq have been working hard on him… He will be a dawg.. While, in two years, the one they call “Shocker” will be an OLB for the tide.

Red and Black til Death

Bama Dude

September 28th, 2012
4:03 pm

LOL. Doesn’t like competition, eh? Guess no one has seen TJ Yeldon, Dee Hart, and Kenyan Drake.

GeoffDawg

September 28th, 2012
4:04 pm

Better Bama than UT. Don’t have to play against him every year and helps us with our other RB targets. Good luck to the young man, he’s a beast.

Acworth Dawg

September 28th, 2012
4:04 pm

If he didn’t like competition he surely wouldn’t be going to Alabama either. Tenn would had been the easy choice . However watching the success of Mr Gurley and Marshall I would imagine the thought of red shirting wasn’t too appealing.

CountryBoy

September 28th, 2012
4:05 pm

Good luck Derrick, It would have been nice to have you. Hopefully, Jones will feel slighted at Bama and come to UGA. At any rate, a bummer. Go Dawgs!!!

secbama

September 28th, 2012
4:08 pm

Ka’ Blam. Take that Dawgs;) Roll Tide.

bigtime

September 28th, 2012
4:10 pm

You dawg fans crack me up. Keith Marshall is the one that’s glad Henry picked Bama because he would’ve been moved to WR or DB instead of riding the pine behind Henry.

tomdog

September 28th, 2012
4:11 pm

The last thing we need is a player who cant make up his
mind who he wants to play for.
I detect a attitude problem.
We dont need him

McDawg

September 28th, 2012
4:13 pm

why does this not bother me-say hello to Dillon for me

bucket

September 28th, 2012
4:15 pm

It’s going to be interesting to see whether Henry plays running back @ Bama or if he is willing to move. I personally think he can play rb, but that’s a crowded backfield in Tuscaloosa and unless he quits growing he is going to be 270 by the time Spring football rolls around.

GeoffDawg

September 28th, 2012
4:16 pm

bigtime, wouldn’t it make sense to wait until he plays a single down or goes through his first practice before placing him above proven college players? I don’t think he’ll end up in Richard Samuel’s situation but the simililarities are definitely there.

NYCDAWGFAN

September 28th, 2012
4:17 pm

bigtime, you have absolutely lost your mind.. When Henry puts on 15-20 pounds of muscle from D1 strength and training he will be moved to another position. He is a beast RIGHT NOW… Running that tall and getting a bit slower due to the added weight will force him to move. If they were both in the same recruiting class I would STILL take Marshall over Henry. I guess we will see how many carries he gets next year.. God forbid he hurts himself this year… Bet you anything he wouldn’t have a scholly to Bama then;O)

Red and Black til Death

bigtime

September 28th, 2012
4:18 pm

@KingHenry_2: ROLL TIDE ROLL ! Hope all the TIDE fans tune tonight! Now lets get the recruiting started ! TUNSIL next

8-)

Greyshirt_ne_1?

September 28th, 2012
4:20 pm

Good…..now……….Tyren c’mon down!!!!!!

bigtime

September 28th, 2012
4:27 pm

Greyshirt_ne_1?
September 28th, 2012
4:20 pm

Good…..now……….Tyren c’mon down!!!!!!

Keep dreaming…

beanster

September 28th, 2012
4:27 pm

“You dawg fans crack me up. Keith Marshall is the one that’s glad Henry picked Bama because he would’ve been moved to WR or DB instead of riding the pine behind Henry.”

There have been a lot of dumb comments on the blogs today but, congrats, you’ve officially made the dumbest statement today. Have a beer and celebrate your stupidity.

Rick James

September 28th, 2012
4:28 pm

Georgia can now totally focus on the two local backs who are not turning the recruiting process in a three ring circus..Best of luck to Derrek but I’m not sad over him choosing Alabama.

chaz

September 28th, 2012
4:29 pm

Don’t give up on him UGA fans. If he gets hurt, Saban will drop him like a hot potato. I feel sorry for the boys drinking that Saban Kool-Aid. The man is evil, pure evil. Henry should have gone to Tennessee if he really thinks he is a RB. My prediction is he never plays a down in a real game at RB and become a malcontent OLB. I see attitude problems on the horizon. Has he played defense in high school? Does he like to hit? If not, he will get cut at Alabama.

@NY dawg fan

September 28th, 2012
4:30 pm

Seriously I guess I am suppose to remind you that you pulled a scholly after a player just publicly committed to you. Anyway good luck to you guys and hope to see you in December.

Jerry Seinfeld

September 28th, 2012
4:31 pm

Alabama has a stud freshman running back in T.J. Yeldon, so these high school kids may want to think before committing to play for the Tide. Granted, they have a great history of producing elite running backs so if the guys are willing to redshirt or wait a couple of years maybe it’s different. But Yeldon is a monster.

Rick James

September 28th, 2012
4:33 pm

@beanster

You dawg fans crack me up. Keith Marshall is the one that’s glad Henry picked Bama because he would’ve been moved to WR or DB instead of riding the pine behind Henry.”

There have been a lot of dumb comments on the blogs today but, congrats, you’ve officially made the dumbest statement today. Have a beer and celebrate your stupidity.
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Derrek Henry is 6′3..Name one 6′3 running back in all of football.He wont play running back at Alabama he will play where Saban tells him to play..

@chaz

September 28th, 2012
4:34 pm

Yeah right mean ole Saban tells them they will compete for a national championship at Bama and they do! I guess I should say Richt recruits them to play running back and they end up in the slammer. The latter happens a heck of a lot more than the former.

Jerry Seinfeld

September 28th, 2012
4:34 pm

Georgia still will hopefully add another running back in this class, maybe Jones or Kamara or another back. But at least we’ve got Marshall and Gurley, they have looked great so far!

GoBigDog

September 28th, 2012
4:35 pm

Hey Jerry Seinfeld, you’re right, T.J. Yeldon is a monster back — and Todd Gurley > Yeldon… Go Dawgs!

I-DOG

September 28th, 2012
4:35 pm

congrats to Henry, I’m sure he will do well at AL.

While it would be VERY nice to have a talent like Henry, the Dawgs have a young talented running back tandem and have more pressing needs in this recruiting class. Continued depth and talent on OL and defensive back help are the two most immediate needs.

Beanster, I wouldn’t say that Marshall is “riding the pine” behind Gurley. Marshall scored two touchdowns last week. Hard to do that if you are riding the pine. Gurley is getting 10 yards a carry, so he is going to get more touches than Marshall, but there is PLENTY of room for both of them at UGA for the next three years.

Dawg 1

September 28th, 2012
4:35 pm

Wish the young man the best and move on.

Larry

September 28th, 2012
4:37 pm

Rick James, Brandon Jacobs is 6′4 264. So there’s one.

bigtime

September 28th, 2012
4:37 pm

beanster (snickers)

“There have been a lot of dumb comments on the blogs today but, congrats, you’ve officially made the dumbest statement today. Have a beer and celebrate your stupidity.”

Thanks for your contribution of ignorance. My post was a hyperbole of sarcasm brought on by the lack of intelligence from the butt hurt uga fans making fun of a high school kid. losers.

I-DOG

September 28th, 2012
4:37 pm

sorry Beanster, It was big time that made that comment.

Blackoutanyone?

September 28th, 2012
4:40 pm

All you butt hurt mutts best show Bama and its players respect on OUR blog!

Roll Tide… Tunsil is next!

bigtime

September 28th, 2012
4:41 pm

TJ Yeldon is 6-2 and he seems to be doing just fine at Alabama. At Alabama, the coaches make the decisions, that’s why they’ve won 2 out of 3 national titles.

Jerry Seinfeld

September 28th, 2012
4:43 pm

I think Gurley is the best freshman running back in the country, I was simply stating that Yeldon is a very good running back himself. I’m sure as heck glad he picked Bama over Auburn. Auburn sucks right now haha.

Blackoutanyone?

September 28th, 2012
4:43 pm

Bigtime smacking these droppy eyed leghumpers around like old times…lol

Rick James

September 28th, 2012
4:44 pm

@Larry

Rick James, Brandon Jacobs is 6′4 264. So there’s one
————————————————————————–
Sorry but I though we were discussing a 6′3 guy who also plays defense..6′3

Blackoutanyone?

September 28th, 2012
4:47 pm

I remember all these dwag fans talking up Henry like he was the next Herchel Walker before he decommitted. Now they guy couldn’t scratch their 3 deep? Lol

bigtime

September 28th, 2012
4:48 pm

@Blackoutanyone?….. Bwahahahaha, good times.

beanster

September 28th, 2012
4:49 pm

I included the quotation marks for a reason in my initial post.

Hyperbole, huh, bigtime? RIiiiiiiiigghhhht. Nice try, though.

Chuck

September 28th, 2012
4:49 pm

Good. We don’t need a flip floping Prima Donna who can’t keep his word. GATA tomorrow dawgs!

GeoffDawg

September 28th, 2012
4:49 pm

Blackoutanyone?, why are you talking about our butts? I thought you drew the line at t-bagging unconscious drunks?

no dawg

September 28th, 2012
4:51 pm

uga fans what a joke

Jerry Seinfeld

September 28th, 2012
4:54 pm

My guess is that some of the Bama fans on here are in fact fans of other schools, especially Georgia Tech. That way they can talk bad about UGA without being laughed at.

Jerry Seinfeld

September 28th, 2012
4:54 pm

People from other schools who post on Georgia blogs to criticize our fans- what a joke.

GeoffDawg

September 28th, 2012
4:55 pm

Now I remember why I rarely post on these blogs anymore. The level of ignorance displayed is breath-taking. Enjoy your weekend bama folks, congrats on the commitment.

no dawg

September 28th, 2012
4:56 pm

we laugh at ga fans all the time

3d

September 28th, 2012
4:57 pm

Hasn’t he already gone back on his word once?

What’s to stop him from doing it again?

See you the first of February.

Jerry Seinfeld

September 28th, 2012
4:58 pm

Which is why you should get a life, no dawg